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SON harps on standards to boost e-commerce sector

Chinenye Anuforo

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), has harped on the need for stakeholders in the e-commerce space to adhere strictly to standards to provide solutions that would ensure safe and secure transactions, assurance of quality, consumer protection and boost the sector.

The Director General, SON, Osita Aboloma, who said this at a stakeholders’ forum on e-commerce in Lagos noted that imbibing standards in e-commerce would go a long way to facilitate trade, promote global competitiveness, economic growth and development.

He, therefore, declared that the need to promote awareness on standards and quality regulations in the e-commerce sector could not be overemphasised, maintaining that ensuring safe and secure online platforms for sales of goods and services to enhance trade within Nigeria and across borders would ultimately increase the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the nation.

The SON boss, who was represented by the Director, Corporate Affairs of the organisation, Dr. Paul Angya, at a stakeholders’ forum tagged, “The Role of Standards and Quality Regulation in Electronic Commerce in Lagos”, Tuesday, said e-commerce, as the name implies, is a business that is on the rise hence it is apt and crucial for the standardisation and regulation of the quality of products and services being traded through the cyberspace.

According to him, the promotion of awareness on standards and quality regulation in the e-commerce sector has become necessary as the drive for digitalised market places increased and the pressure on the standards community mounts.

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